Chris Tomlin and Matt Redman Are Writing the Songs You Sing at Church

Combine for 22 Songs in the CCLI Top 500

Chris Tomlin
Chris Tomlin. Sparrow Records

Two of the best known songwriters for the church today, Chris Tomlin and Matt Redman, combined for 22 songs in the Top 500 and two of the top 10 on the Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI) charts of 2005. This means that literally, tens of millions of people are singing these songs in churches, at conferences and at other congregational meetings.

Matt Redman's songs on the chart include ...

  • "The Heart of Worship"
  • "Better Is One Day"
  • "Let Everything That Has Breath"
  • "Let My Words Be Few"
  • "Blessed Be Your Name"

Chris Tomlin's include...

  • Forever"
  • "We Fall Down"
  • "The Wonderful Cross"
  • "Famous One"
  • "Enough"

Together, Tomlin and Redman also wrote "Wonderful Maker," which came in at No. 277 on the chart.

In addition to being featured on their own recordings, these songs have also been recorded by Steven Curtis Chapman, Michael W. Smith, Rebecca St. James, John Tesh, Tree 63, SONICFLOOd, Something Like Silas, and Kutless, among others.

Chris Tomlin released Arriving, on Sept. 21, 2004. Tomlin’s third studio record and the first in two years, the album was recorded in Austin, Texas, home to Tomlin and the church he co-founded, Austin Stone Community Church, which grew 500% over the first year-and-a-half.

Personally writing nine of 11 songs for the record, Arriving features "Indescribable," the first radio single from the release written by Laura Story.

People were able to hear the radio single and other hits from Tomlin on Steven Curtis Chapman’s All Things New 70-city, six-month tour in the fall of 2005. Tomlin performed in the middle slot with opener Casting Crowns on the huge tour (which saw an average of 6,500 people per night). That year, Chris also finished his first book, The Way I Was Made, which released in 2006.

New songs from UK-native Matt Redman were released the summer of '05 on his sixstepsrecords recording Facedown. Facedown is a collection of 11 songs, plus two "spur of the moment" tracks. The lyrics on Facedown take a deeper look at why and how we worship on songs like "Gifted Response" and "WorthyYou Are Worthy," which features additional vocals by Chris Tomlin. Also featured on the album are Christy Nockels on vocals, Nathan Nockels on keys and guitars, John Ellis (Tree 63) on guitar, Terl Bryant (Iona) and David Raven (session drummer for The Swirling Eddies, etc.) on drums. Recorded live in 2005 during the Facedown Songwriters’ Gathering in Atlanta, Georgia, the enhanced CD also features the first chapter of its companion Facedown book from Regal.

Following the Facedown CD and book, the four-hour Facedown DVD released that year, featuring the live recording of the Facedown CD. The DVD also includes three complete talks from Passion founder Louie Giglio, as well as conversations with Giglio, Darlene Zchech, Mike Pilavachi, Tim Hughes, Graham Kendrick and Matt and Beth Redman. The DVD also includes complete chord charts and lyrics.

Chris Tomlin and Matt Redman's CCLI Top 500 Songs:

9The Heart Of WorshipMatt RedmanPurchase/Download
10ForeverChris TomlinPurchase/Download
14We Fall DownChris TomlinPurchase/Download
20Better Is One DayMatt RedmanPurchase/Download
27The Wonderful CrossJesse Reeves, Chris Tomlin, J.D. Walt, Isaac WattsPurchase/Download
39Let Everything That Has BreathMatt RedmanPurchase/Download
47Famous OneChris Tomlin, Jesse ReevesPurchase/Download
58EnoughChris Tomlin, Louie GiglioPurchase/Download
90Let My Words Be FewMatt Redman, Beth RedmanPurchase/Download
93Blessed Be Your NameMatt Redman, Beth RedmanPurchase/Download
109Be GlorifiedChris Tomlin, Louie Giglio, Jesse ReevesPurchase/Download
118Once AgainMatt RedmanPurchase/Download
152Holy Is The LordChris Tomlin, Louie GiglioPurchase/Download
218KindnessChris Tomlin, Louie Giglio, Jesse ReevesPurchase/Download
259UndignifiedMatt RedmanPurchase/Download
277Wonderful MakerMatt Redman, Chris TomlinPurchase/Download
296Not To UsJesse Reeves, Chris TomlinPurchase/Download
302UnchangingChris TomlinPurchase/Download
311Take My LifeChris Tomlin, Louie GiglioPurchase/Download
380Lord Let Your Glory FallMatt RedmanPurchase/Download
429Holy MomentMatt RedmanPurchase/Download
430The Noise We MakeChris Tomlin, Jesse ReevesPurchase/Download